Our Faculty & Staff
Center Directors: Dr. Ann McCleary and Dr. Keith Hebert
One of the primary goals of the Center is to provide an opportunity for faculty-student research projects. Each semester, graduate students, working as Graduate Research Assistants, coordinate research projects, with help from undergraduate research assistants and interns. Students receive hands-on experience by directing projects and conducting primary research.
The Center invites any students--graduate or undergraduate--to consider an internship at the Center. Please contact either Dr. McCleary or Dr. Hebert for current internship opportunities.
Fall 2012 Staff
Sara Berry is an alumnus of the Public History program at the University of West Georgia. She is working to help create the Griffin Welcome Center Exhibit. As a researcher, she is accessing the collection and creating collection policies, procedures and forms.
Lou Brackett is a graduate student in the Public History program. She is working with Sara Berry to create an exhibit at the Griffin Welcome Center. As a researcher, she is assessing the collection and creating collection policies, procedures and forms
Graduate student Jeff Bishop is the Project Curator for the Georgia Trail of Tears Project. Jeff will be creating a brochure for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in Georgia. He will also be working with members of the Cave Spring Historical Society and the Cherokee Nation to research and write historically accurate text for an outdoor wayside exhibit to be installed in Cave Spring.
Donna Butler is a graduate student working with Dr. Ann McCleary to co-author the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Administrative History. She is researching and writing!
Graduate student April Carlson is Manager of the Southeastern Textile and Quilt Museum in Carrollton. She has been hard at work preparing for the Museum’s grand opening on September 15, 2012. April will also work on creating a business plan and manuals for the Museum.
Graduate student Sarah Foreman will continue her work as the Curator of the “New Harmonies” Exhibit. This semester she, along with Dr. Ann McCleary, will visit the remaining “New Harmonies” communities of Waycross, Nashville, Thomson and LaGrange, to provide assistance in the installation of the Exhibit.
Lacey Head is an undergraduate intern working on the Center’s music projects. She will be helping Sarah Foreman with the “New Harmonies” project, Jennifer Reid with the Regional Music Project and Jared Wright with the On-Line Exhibits on Georgia’s Sacred music.
Wayne McCleary is working for the Center for Public History as an undergraduate intern. He is working on further developing the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail’s website.
Kamil McElwee is an undergraduate intern who will be working this semester in the Center for Public History. She will be helping with the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail Project.
Graduate student Vallarie Pratt is the Project Coordinator for the Georgia Governor’s Mansion Project. The Project is a multi-year project and Val is beginning the research and documentation process this semester by conducting oral histories with the former staff and first families. The project will consist of the creation of a coffee table book on the history of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion and developing a traveling exhibit with Museums on Main Street on Hometown Sports.
Graduate Student Jennifer Reid is the Manager and Archivist for the Center for Public History. She is also the Curator of the Regional Music Project and is working this semester to promote the five CDs created by the Center.
Maria Ross is an undergraduate intern working in the Center this semester. She will be working on the Governor’s Mansion Project. She is researching newspaper articles and will be visiting the Georgia Archives to do further research, mostly focusing on First Family biographies and the chronology of the Governor’s Mansion.
Graduate student Jennifer Teeter will be creating the design package for the Griffin Exhibit and creating a video(s) for the National Park Service Regional Office’s Department of Environmental Services.
Graduate Student Jared Wright is the On-Line Exhibits Curator for the Regional Music Project. He is working this semester to research, identify, select and digitize exhibit materials in order to create an on-line exhibit featuring Georgia’s sacred music. He will also help to build a database of Georgia’s musicians, in association with the Georgia Department of Economic Development.